Pretty Box

Some time ago I was given a pretty little cigar box. I held onto it for a while trying to determine what I wanted to do with it. A little box. It seems so full of promise.

It was quite elaborate. Big, showy stickers and little gold embossed emblems. As fancy as it was, I actually wanted to do something different with it.

It took some doing but I managed to get the sticker off.

Even the bottom had stickers and embossing

I didn’t want to just try to sand the sticker it off. I’ve tried that before and it results in a lot of messy sticky residue all over the sander. So I got off as much of the sticker before sanding.

The little embossed bits were a bit of a challenge and they were all over the box.

I did sand all the surfaces of the box but I didn’t ensure everything was sanded clean. I wasn’t sure if I would get away with it but gave it a try anyway. This isn’t what I would call a high consequence project so I “prioritized my energy.”

I didn’t bother stripping the inside of the box because I’ll probably just glue a bit of fun fabric in there or something. I don’t plan on painting it.

I don’t have a particular plan what to do with this box. I suppose it would be a fine little jewelry box but I don’t need one. Knowing what I’m going to do with this would help make decisions on how I decorate it but have I mentioned I have a cold? I just don’t feel like thinking something through sensibly.

I remembered this beautiful little coffee pot I saw and fell in love with. I wanted it even though I don’t drink coffee. So when I was trying to decide what I wanted to do with the box, I thought that maybe I could use that coffee pot as inspiration.


I do happen to have some red spray paint that is just the right shade. So I set about spraying the box.

I had to make several passes to get good coverage. The cigar box looks to be made of MDF so it kind of sucked up the paint and it took about 5 thin coats to get a good even coat.

Red is very tricky to photograph. It is a much darker, bluer red than it looks in this picture.

I am a little disappointed that the surface isn’t very smooth. There is a rough patch and divot here and there.

I think they may be some gouges from when I was trying to get the sticker off

I have a lovely damask graphic hanging about (I have an unholy love of damask) so I just found the one I wanted on the box top and printed it out. I cut it out with an exacto knife and positioned it on the top of the box. I thought I could give it a cool, hand-painted look by using white paint and a brush.

Turns out, no, this is not a good, hand-painted look. Disappointed.

So I think I’ll take advantage of this do-over and sand the box a little better before I give it another coat of red. I don’t know how I’m going to get the damask on the top. I think what I want is to spray it on or find a vinyl damask graphic. There may be no getting around this, I’ll probably have to spend a few bucks to get this the way I want it. It seems kind of silly considering I don’t even know what I’m going to use the box for.

I guess I’d better go buy some jewelry.

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3 Responses to Pretty Box

  1. Dee says:

    For the first time, I tried putting fabric on a box that I picked up on clearance. Your project turned out a whole lot better than mine and I think you did a great job with that box. I ended with a lot of wrinkles in the fabric of my box. By the way, I got a kick out of that ‘unholy’ love of damask reference…lol. I guess we’re in the same club, my shower curtain and bath towels are covered in them.

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